Assistant Professor of Business
Director of Adult Studies Business
on faculty since 2011
Ed.M., University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, 1997
B.A., Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, 1985
Professional and Personal Interests
With a long history of experience in business and education, Rick Riddering brings a diverse and resourceful knowledge to the Adult Studies program as the Director of Adult Studies Business.
Having spent 17 years working in the broader corporate world and 11 years in various roles at Purdue University Calumet, Riddering’s rich experiences enhance his leadership in the Adult Studies program as both a director and an educator.
Here at Trinity, Riddering’s diverse expertise is in direct correlation with his view of diverse peoples. “Fast forward through my professional life and you’ll see how God has used my value for people of all walks of life to help, encourage, and teach so many culturally different people,” said Riddering. “Because of my interest in people in general and my keen curiosity to learn more, I’ve been able to connect with students, faculty, and staff in a way that expanded my value system even more. When teaching, I often build diverse experiences into my lessons in order to expose my students to settings and situations different than they’ve already experienced.”
Riddering has worked in public relations for the Chicago White Sox franchise and three public relations firms, and he gained experience in marketing and management at Richard D. Irwin, Inc. and the South Holland Trust & Savings Bank. Riddering took his leadership and business skills to the academic arena as a director of career services among other roles at Purdue, all the while teaching business and management courses and leading practical, hands-on business workshops for students.
Riddering and his wife, Susan, call Dyer, Indiana home. They have two daughters and two sons and are members of Crossroads Community Church in Schererville, Indiana, where Riddering plays percussion and blues harmonica in the praise and worship band.
Professional Society Membership
Leadership Northwest Indiana
- Business Ethics and Society
- Human Relations in Business Organizations
- Management Planning and Decision Making
“Tips for Training: Key Things to Remember When Starting an Employee Training Development Program,” Building Indiana Magazine. January/February 2011
“University Help Services – A Goldmine Worth Discovering,”The Post Tribune, Merrillville, Indiana. September 2003
“Employers Still Looking for The Total Package,” The Post Tribune, Merrillville, Indiana. March 2001
“Identifying Your Skills Before You Look for Work,” The Northwest Indiana Times, Munster, Indiana. March 2001
“A Little TLC Goes a Long Way with Today’s Employee,” The Northwest Indiana Times, Munster, Indiana. December 2000